• Unrated, 1 hr. 17 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:    Nancy Buirski
  • In Theaters:    Dec 10, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    May 27, 2013
  • HBO Films

The Loving Story Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 19, 2014

Not to take away from the film's importance, the whole is like Richard Loving, stolid and admirable but not inspiring.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 11, 2013

Reason both to be horrified and inspired by what people can accomplish, and a reminder that progress only happens through coordinated and relentless activism.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

The tone of the film is solemn and pious, which seems almost inevitable when the topic is segregation and racial intolerance. But there are other reasons to watch this film besides feel-good expediency.

Hank Stuever
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

Their story is a powerful statement about freedom.

James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

A low-key but moving documentary about two low-key people and their moving struggle.

David Knowles
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

The film strikes a quiet, contemplative tone that befits its soft-spoken subjects rather than the tumultuous times in which they lived.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

The Loving Story is a different kind of 1960s civil rights tale, one that in many ways has a deeper level of warmth.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 25, 2013

One of the many virtues of Buirski's film is that it doesn't hit viewers over the head with the parallel between the Lovings' case and the debate over same-sex marriage.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 14, 2012

A riveting documentary about the case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and legalized interracial marriage in 1967.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 10, 2012

The film's story of this Supreme Court victory lays out both its legal and moral import, and then turns back to Richard and Mildred Loving's experience.

Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects
December 9, 2012

The verite footage from the time is a real blessing and the documentary's primary cinematic attraction. The rest, though, is occasionally its technical distraction.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Zeba Blay
Slant Magazine
December 9, 2012

Perhaps the strongest aspect of Nancy Buirski's doc is that it allows the Lovings to tell their story in their own words.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
December 8, 2012

A moving, must-see documentary about the demise of one of the last vestiges of segregation. Could it be more fitting that the plaintiffs in the landmark case eradicating the crime of loving a person of a different color would be named Loving!

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 6, 2012

Beautifully made, deeply inspirational documentary about one history-making couple.

Michelle Orange
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 4, 2012

A thoughtful, terrifically intimate account of the case that dismantled this country's anti-miscegenation laws 100 years after the abolition of slavery.

Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 23, 2012

Brilliant debut film about a landmark case on miscegenation, reminiscent in many ways of the struggle for gay marriage today.

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